Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Publishing in Open Access Journals

Publishing in Open Access Journals

Open Access (OA) is defined as “free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment”, https://sparcopen.org/open-access/   Publishers are producing Open Access journals allowing information to be read at no cost to the reader.  There are three different open access publishing models.  
Fully OA journals (gold open access)—these are journals which the author may or may not require a payment, an “article processing charge” APC.  

Hybrid journals—these are subscription based journals which the author pays an article fee to allow the article freely available permanently for everyone to read after publication. 

Green Open Access—author publishes an article in any journal subscription, then self-archives a copy on their own web site or institutional repository.  Authors must review the journals’ requirements for green open access.  Specifications can include an embargo period, use of author’s final peer-reviewed version, publisher’s version, or accepted manuscript. SHERPA/RoMEO, http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/browse.php?colour=green, is a source where authors can review publisher copyright policies and self-archiving rights. 

A brief video from the University of Minnesota Libraries explaining gold and green open access, including a review of the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Publishers have embraced open access by providing supportive guidelines (not an exhaustive list):

Looking for a possible open access journal—try DOAJ.


The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a service that indexes high quality, peer reviewed Open Access research journals, periodicals and their articles' metadata. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access academic journals that use an appropriate quality control system and is not limited to particular languages, geographical region, or subject areas. The Directory aims to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access academic journals—regardless of size and country of origin—thereby promoting their visibility, usage and impact. https://doaj.org/faq#whatis

This blog post has been written by committee members from the Georgia Knowledge Repository (GKR) http://www.gaknowledge.org/ The GKR is a central metadata repository containing records from participating GALILEO institutions that can be freely searched by the citizens of Georgia and the scholarly community at large.


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